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Catholic Schools Work

Catholic Schools Work

| April 16, 2015

One of the reasons the Catholic Schools Office publishes Pillars magazine each year is to share just why “Catholic Schools Work.” It’s not just a tagline in our advertising. We believe it—and each and every article in this issue explains why it’s true. We asked students, faculty, alumni and other proud supporters of Catholic education […]

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Update: Kelleigh’s Cause Soars to New Heights

Update: Kelleigh’s Cause Soars to New Heights

| April 16, 2015

BY CAROLINE K. REFF Last year’s edition of Pillars included a story about Kelleigh Gustafson, a young woman who has been living with arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a life-threatening vascular disease, since the age of 4. Kelleigh, however, has never been one to focus on herself. Instead, she has chosen to help others through Kelleigh’s Cause, […]

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Good Works at St. Patrick’s

Good Works at St. Patrick’s

| April 16, 2015

Kindergarteners from St. Patrick’s School in Oneida wrote to retired Bishop Thomas Costello and “adopted” him as their prayer pen pal for the school year. Below, students were excited to receive their first response from Bishop Costello.

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Seminarian’s Story Opens Students’ Eyes to Vocations

Seminarian’s Story Opens Students’ Eyes to Vocations

| April 16, 2015

BY CLAUDIA MATHIS Students at Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School have been benefitting from seminarian Dane Connelly’s presence at their school. Beginning in January 2014, Connelly spent his pastoral year at St. James Church in Syracuse and also helped out at Bishop Ludden two days a week. “It’s been great,” said Connelly, of his time […]

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Planting the Seeds of Service Helps Community

Planting the Seeds of Service Helps Community

| April 16, 2015

BY KATHERINE LONG Five-year-old Caleigh Heslin, a student in Theresa Armstrong’s kindergarten class at St. James School in Johnson City, New York, already knows why Christian service is important. “It’s helpful and respectful,” she said matter-of-factly. Service is an integral part of education in all of the Catholic schools in the Syracuse Diocese and St. […]

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A New Sense of Bliss at Rome Catholic School

A New Sense of Bliss at Rome Catholic School

| February 5, 2014

BY DYANN NASHTON Sometimes it is not a matter of whether or not the glass is half empty or half full. Sometimes you just need a different glass. At least, that is the way Patricia Bliss sees it. Bliss assumed leadership as principal of Rome Catholic School last fall. Bliss’ career history traces her years spent as a […]

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Sensational Sandwiches

Sensational Sandwiches

| February 5, 2014

Students are St. Margaret’s School in Mattydale participate in various community service projects throughout the school year. Above, students pack sandwiches for a local shelter.

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Holy Family Teacher Puts Trust in Catholic Education

Holy Family Teacher Puts Trust in Catholic Education

| February 5, 2014

BY CAROLINE K. REFF Carol Shifflet has taught her students many important lessons over nearly four decades of teaching at Holy Family School in Fairmount, NY. One of the most important, however, is quite simple: trust her. “Each year, it’s important for me to establish a class that has trust in me and a trust for […]

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Seton Senior Teaches Baseball to Haitian Children

Seton Senior Teaches Baseball to Haitian Children

| February 4, 2014

BY CLAUDIA MATHIS It started with a dream and ended as a life-altering experience for Connor McCormack, a senior at Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghamton. Last January, McCormack, a compassionate young man, felt the need to help impoverished children in Haiti. As a baseball enthusiast who has played from the time he was 5 years […]

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St. Mary’s Keeps Students Close with Addition of 7th Grade

St. Mary’s Keeps Students Close with Addition of 7th Grade

| February 4, 2014

BY CLAUDIA MATHIS Andy Ryan has been saved by the bell. The school bell, that is. On September 4, 2013, the first day of school, St. Mary’s School in Cortland opened its doors to its first 7th grade class in over 30 years. Andy was one of 13 seventh graders who entered this fall. Andy […]

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